1. “Louis Jourdan R.I.P.” Star of such films as Octopussy and Gigi dies at 93.
“Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical Gigi and as the villain in James Bond pic Octopussy, has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills. Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones. ’He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,’ said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan. In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection Gigi, Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the creatives of My Fair Lady and highly resembling a Frenchified version of it. The New York Times said, ’Louis Jourdan is suave as the hero who holds out against (Gigi’s) blossoming charms.’”